Some Friendly Competition!
No sooner is JADED off to NYC then I must pounce on KISS of the KNIGHT formerly known as ONE WICKED KNIGHT. When I contracted this book I also contracted for a book #2 historical. I decided early on that book #2 would be related to book #1. Last week whilest eating delicious chocolate cake (Thank you again Poppy) with my plotting goils (Tawny and Jos), I tossed out an idea I’ve been mulling over regarding my historical books # 1 and #2. I want them connected. I want a premise. I want a name for the series. Something hot, something sexy, something medieval. Something not paranormal. I have a para series that I feel really good about. But for my historicals I want something that will resonate with readers. A quest series? A revenge series? I’m not sure.
We came up with a few ideas, some really good ideas, but I don’t know if they are meaty enough to carry a series. When I think series I think 3-5 books. If I go with what we came up with there would be 7 books. That scares me. I need seven, actually 14 distinct characters, plots, and a solid thread to tie them all together. I’m not sure I have enough of an imagination for all of that.
I have a handle on my first three heroes and their lady loves. But what I don’t have is a way to tie them all together.
Now, since I’m having a wee bit of trouble coming up with concepts and a series name, I’d like some help. What I can tell you about the knights in my stories is this: They are all mercenaries (who eventually come to serve William), they are all either bastards, some recognized some not, or third or fourth sons, and they each have a moniker. In the first book, Reegan du Luc is known as la lame noir. The Black Sword. They are all warring men with deep allegiance to either the coin or their king. They have fought together as a unit at one time, and must come together for the greater good of Normandy. They may not like it, but they do, because the bottom line is they all crave legitimacy, revenge, and land, and with the invasion there is a chance for all three.
The prize to the person with the series title I like best will win a DVD of 300! I’ll pick the winner Friday.
So how ’bout it? Can you help me out?